Zahn Wraps Up Big Year

"You can't win 'em all' are archaic words of logic. But Wayne Zahn darned near blew the lid off this theory when he climaxed a record-breaking year by winning the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) $65,000 Championship at Garden City Bowl.

Not that Wayne won them all. But his two big ones, the Championship and the $100,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions, gave him a record-breaking $54,720 in official money winnings for one year. This cracked the previous mark of $49,972 set by Don Carter in 1962.

As the good-looking blond six-footer said after pocketing the $10,000 Championship check: "I would never have believed it earlier in the year."

Zahn was referring to his slow start at the beginning of the season. For the first 12 tournaments of 1966 his bankdeposits read six entries with a meager 3,775 dollars and cents total.

"That's when I was thinking about hanging them up," he recalls.

Then lightning struck! The 25-year-old pro of six seasons "came out of the pack" to capture the $25,000 first place in the Tournament of Champions. He finished third in the Masters, won the PBA Seattle Open and cashed in all but one of the next 12 PBA events leading into the Championship.

Zahn never was far off the pace as first Jimmy Mack, then Dick Downey and finally Dave Soutar took turns at the driver's wheel through the first three rounds. Zahn took over in the fourth block and made a bee line for the wire. He won by so many lengths nobody bothered to count. In fact, his margin of victory for the 60-game grind was 137 pins despite a 226-183 loss to second-place Nelson Burton, Jr. in the position round.

Following Zahn arid Burton among the leaders were Johnny Guenther, Fred Lening and Carter, and all had tales to tell their grandchildren.

Burton averaged 236 for his last eight games to pull into the No. 2 hole.

Guenther overcame a badly bruised thumb to haul down the $3,000 third money.

Lening won 19 and tied one of his 24 games in the finals to climb from 21st to fourth.

Carter, bowling in only his ninth tournament of the year, rolled the 12th sanctioned 300 game of his notable career. This was the second of the year for "Mr. Bowling." Earlier he banged one out in the PBA Dallas Open.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Wayne Zahn, Atlanta, Ga. 13181 16-7-1 825 14006 $10,000
2Nelson Burton Jr St. Louis, Mo. 13004 16-7-1 825 13869 5,000
3John Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 12801 16-8-1 775 13576 3,000
4Fred Lening, Fairless Hills, Pa. 12590 19-4-1 975 13565 2,000
5Don Carter, Tarzana, Calif. 12881 13-11-0 650 13531 1,800
6Dale Seavoy, Detroit Mich. 12909 12-12-0 600 13509 1,600
7Dave Soutar, Detroit, Mich. 12910 11-13-0 550 13460 1,500
8Bill Tucker, Los Angeles, Calif. 12740 14-10-0 700 13440 1,400
9Jimmy Mack, Dover, N.J. 12723 13-11-0 650 13373 1,300
10Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 12626 14-9-1 725 13351 1,250
11Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 12703 12-11-1 625 13328 1,200
12Norm Meyers, Los Angeles, Calif. 12596 13-10-1 675 13271 1,150
13Pat Patterson; St. Louis, Mo. 12582 12-11-1 625 13207 1,100
14Bobby Cooper, Ft. Worth, Texas 12625 10-14-0 500 13125 1,050
15Roy Ryan, Massapequa Pk., N.Y. 12643 9-14-1 475 13118 1,000
16Ed Lubanski, Detroit, Mich. 12584 10-14-0 500 13084 950
17Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind. 12668 7-15-2 400 13058 900
18Tommy Tuttle, King, N.C. 12552 10-14-0 500 13052 850
19George King, St. Louis, Mo. 12530 10-14-0 500 13030 800
20Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 12617 8-16-0 400 13017 *587
21Buzz Fazio, Detroit, Mich. 12573 7-15-2 400 12973 700
22Buss Stewart, Wilmington, Del. 12422 10-14-0 500 12922 650
23Ralph Engan, Monsey, N.Y. 12468 8-15-1 425 12893 625
24Earl Johnson, St. Paul, Minn. 12444 7-17-0 350 12794 600


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Dick Downey, Bloomfield, N.J.7609$587.50
26George Howard, Kalamazoo, Mich.7490340.00
27Mike Limongello, Babylon, N.Y.7483340.00
28Skip Vigars, Albany, N.Y.7482335.00
 Skee Foremsky, El Paso, Texas7482335.00
30Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky.7458330.00
31Charlie Wilkinson, Salinas, Calif.7449330.00
32Bill Lillard, Dallas, Texas7444330.00
33Greg Griffo, Solvay, N.Y.7427320.00
34Les Schissler, Denver, Colo.7424320.00
35Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.7411320.00
36Billy Golembiewski, Detroit, Mich.7407315.00
 Bill Boyd, Warren, Ohio7407315.00
38Ron Hatem, Boston, Mass.7402310.00
39Bill Beach, Sharon. Pa.7385310.00
40Lee Steiger, Alton, Ill.7372305.00
 James Dunston, Ft. Worth, Texas7372305.00
42Bob Kwolek, Fairborn, Ohio7371300.00
43Bud Horn, Los Angeles, Calif.7356150.00
 John Walther, Troy, N.Y.7356150.00

*Salvino replaced Downey in finals, split money